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Philadelphia Budget

(Demonstrators chant and whistle as Mayor Nutter leaves City Council chambers, unable to complete his budget address.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Were Anti-Nutter Hecklers Paid With Sick Days?

Hundreds of city workers whistled, jeered and shouted at the mayor as he tried to deliver his speech in City Council on Thursday.

03/15/2013

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, at rear, tries in vain to restore order before recessing the Council session in the midst of Mayor Nutter's address.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Nutter’s Budget Address Disrupted By Angry Protesters

The chambers of Philadelphia City Council were packed to the rafters with angry union members as mayor Michael Nutter prepared to unveil his new budget.

03/14/2013

(A parking kiosk in center city  Philadelphia.  Credit: John McDevitt)

PPA Predicts Fewer Parking Violations, Less Revenue For City, Schools

The budget for the coming year — adopted Monday by the Parking Authority’s board — predicts that the on-street division will see a $4 million decline in net revenue — essentially profit that is forwarded to the city and school district.

02/26/2013

(Members of the Philadelphia firefighters' union, Local 22, at City Hall today for a hearing on the ongoing pay dispute between the city and the union.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

City Still Trying To Overturn Firefighters’ Arbitration; ‘Sour Grapes,’ Says Union

Common Pleas Court judge Idee Fox heard nearly two hours of arguments on Monday from the city and the union over the arbitration award, which the city says it can’t afford.

10/15/2012

(Philadelphia School District "chief recovery officer" Thomas Knudsen, in file photo.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Needs To Borrow $300M To Get Through Next 2 Years

The school district’s five-year financial plan includes a huge loan, says chief recovery officer Tom Knudsen.

09/10/2012

(JFK Plaza, in file photo)

City Of Philadelphia Eyes Sale Of Parking Garage Under Love Park

The Nutter administration has taken the first step toward selling the parking garage under JFK Plaza, a block from City Hall.

08/28/2012

(File photo.  Credit: Tony Hanson)

For First Time Ever, PICA Might Reject City’s 5-Year Financial Plan

If the city is not able to submit a plan that is eventually approved by PICA – the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority – it risks losing its state funding.

08/08/2012

Council President Clarke with his colleagues in the caucus room, before passing a new city budget. (By Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia City Council Approves Budget, Delays AVI

The budget season is over at Philadelphia City Hall. City Council has passed a $3.6 billion budget, ending a tumultuous three-month stretch during which tough decisions were made on how to make ends meet.

06/29/2012

file photo (credit: KYW's Tim McLaughlin)

Split Council Gives Initial ‘OK’ To Property Tax Plan; Budget Talks Continue

Working late into the evening Thursday, City Council members reluctantly gave initial approval to an overhaul of Philadelphia’s property tax system.

06/08/2012

Darrell Clarke (credit: Steve Tawa.)

Philadelphia City Council Votes on AVI, School Funding Will Be Severed

City Council president Darrell Clarke says Council will hold two separate votes: one on the mayor’s proposed property tax overhaul, the other on the mayor’s proposed increase in School District funding.

06/04/2012

(Photo: Tony Hanson)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Still Haggling Over Budget, Unfazed By June 1st Deadline

It’s clear that this year, the legal deadline won’t be met.

05/30/2012

(Philadelphia finance director Rob Dubow, center of photo, is questioned by city councilman Bill Green, back to camera at lower right, during a city budget hearing.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia City Council Feels Squeeze of Budget Deadline Amid Open Questions

The mayor’s budget hinges on state approval of a homestead exemption, and separately, gaining the ability to adjust the split of property taxes between the city and the school district.

05/23/2012

(File photo.  Credit: Tony Hanson)

Philadelphia City Council Staring At June 1st Budget Passage Deadline

“Being the optimist that I am, I believe we can get this done on time,” says Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke.

05/17/2012

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz at a press conference on Wednesday.  Credit: Mark Abrams)

City Controller Says Philadelphia Is Failing To Collect $$$ for Ambulance Services

City controller Alan Butkovitz says a review of ambulance billings by the city for 2011 shows it only collected $34 million of the $82.5 million it billed — about 42 percent.

05/09/2012

(US Sen. Bob Casey, partially obscured at left, listens as Diane Neary, widow of Philadelphia firefighter Robert Neary, speaks at 30th Street Station in West Philadelphia.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Local Officials and Fireman’s Widow Call For More Federal Funds For Firefighters

“You need to follow and make sure these funds are not delegated for anything other than to stop these brownouts, to support our firemen,” said Diane Neary, whose husband Robert was killed in a warehouse fire last month in Kensington.

05/07/2012

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